mahnmut: (WTF-E?)
Gay Baboon Terrorises Villagers In South Africa, Rapes 5 Men

Men at a village in the North West are living (sic) in fear over a big male baboon that likes to grope and bonk human males.

mahnmut: (Short cut? Must be electricity.)
South African university engulfed in violence in protests over education costs

One of South Africa's top universities descended into violence Monday, with police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons at stone-throwing students who are locked in a bitter national dispute with administrators and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education.

Stun grenades boomed and gunshots crackled as police cleared protesters at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the most prominent site of a student movement that recently shut other universities and prompted official warnings that badly needed medics, engineers and other skilled workers might not be able to graduate this year.
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South African school pupils win international science contest

Pupils from St John’s College and Barnato Park High School in Johannesburg have teamed up to win the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) Beamline for Schools Competition 2015.

“Accelerating Africa”‚ the winning South African team‚ was a collaboration between boys in grade 11 from both schools.

Inspired by 2015 being named the International Year of Light by the United Nations‚ their project involves producing high-energy gamma rays using a crystalline undulator.
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Twenty-five years of freedom...

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Power problems apartheid's fault: Zuma

South Africa's energy problems were a product of apartheid and government was not to blame for the current blackouts, President Jacob Zuma said.

"The problem [is] the energy was structured racially to serve a particular race, not the majority," Zuma told delegates at the Young Communist League's congress in Cape Town.

He said the ANC had inherited the power utility from the previous regime which had only provided electricity to the white minority.

...Except, that could've served as an excuse for the first 5-10 years of ANC rule. Not at this point.
mahnmut: (ROFL MAO!)
The Daily Show's new South Africa correspondent schools America over race, poverty

On Thursday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart introduced a new contributor from South Africa, Trevor Noah. Then Stewart and the rest of us went to class. "I never thought I'd be more afraid of police in America than South Africa," Noah started out. "It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days back home." Stewart protested, but that was just the beginning. Noah joked about his friends in South Africa warning him about getting Ebola in America, then proceeded to poke fun at Americans' ignorance of Africa.

"To a lot of Americans, Africa is just one giant village full of AIDS, huts, and starving children, who you can save for 5 cents a day," Noah said. To show the other side, he challenged Stewart to a game called "Spot the Africa" — "This doesn't involve me identifying anything on a map, right?" Stewart asked. "No, no, I wouldn't do that to you," Noah mocked. The real schooling started next, with Noah roping in Nicholas Kristof to explain how in many ways, current-day black Americas are worse off than blacks in Apartheid South Africa. Watch, learn, and hopefully laugh below.

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Springboks heap more misery on England

South Africa withstood a second-half fightback from England to win 31-28 at Twickenham this morning, extending the Springboks' unbeaten run over the host to 12 games.
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April 27 will always be a milestone in the country’s history.

Twenty years ago, the majority of previously oppressed South Africans exercised their democratic right to vote.

The day marked the end of a painful past and a struggle that claimed many lives, but it also marked the beginning of a new era, a new South Africa.

Today we commemorate Freedom Day - the day South Africans were liberated from oppression, segregation and a white minority domination.

But along with the celebrations, it's a time to reflect on what's been achieved over the past two decades as the country prepares to go to the polls again in less than two weeks' time.
mahnmut: (This makes me sooo sad...)
Pistorius murder charge: Was Reeva Steenkamp shot over "close friendship" with Oscar's rugby hunk pal?

Investigators probe whether Reeva’s friendship with rugby star Francois Hougaard may have sparked rows in the hours before Valentine’s Day shooting
mahnmut: (We're doooomed.)
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend
Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.
South Africans were shocked at the killing. The Star newspaper printed a special afternoon edition Thursday that hawkers sold in the streets of Johannesburg, carrying the headline: "OSCAR ARRESTED: GIRLFRIEND KILLED."
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Twenty-three years of freedom...
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Faith47‘s “Booster” artwork in downtown Jozi draws inspiration from sangoma and penis enlargement flyers and offers some sage advice in how to deal with the beginning of 2012.

“I’d been wanting to paint a big wall in Johannesburg that would capture the energy of the city. This wall is the result of that desire.” Says Faith47.

“It’s on the corner of Goud and Main Street, and the fonts and text are taken from doctor’s flyers. You know the ones that advertise penis enlargements, curses for ex-lovers and getting you out of debt etc.”
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So the "Secrecy bill" was passed. Amidst enormous outrage. I was at a protest in Alexandra. It didn't work. Those fuckers adopted the bill with an overwhelming majority. Congrats, Big Brother has arrived. >:-O

More of this bullshit )
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Malema supporters 'threaten stability'

Militant supporters of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema could destabilise Southern Africa, the Communist Party of Swaziland said on Friday.

"One of the dangers of the current situation... is the rise of... movements that ride on the mobilisation of the unemployed, disempowered and ill-educated masses," general secretary Kenneth Kunene said in a statement.

He was responding to violence in Johannesburg's CBD on Tuesday, when Malema supporters threw bottles and bricks at police and journalists outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House.

Kunene said the African National Congress and SA Communist Party had become targets for attack by "a growing ultra-nationalist right wing that has hijacked the language of liberation and revolution".

He compared the situation in Southern Africa with that in Europe prior to the outbreak of the World War II.

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Zuma: ANCYL needs non-political intervention

An intervention other than ordinary political discussion was needed to deal with the ANCYL's comments on helping to bring about regime change in Botswana, President Jacob Zuma says.

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"co-operation with imperialists"

...and The Inkwenkwe's roads deal with Limpopo is not imperialist?
... and the 1,2 million he received from imperialist Bosch?

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I just saw a bunch of guys in my, let's call it "constituency", being fired because the UKnian/USnian investing consortium who used to operate their nickel (was it nickel?) mine in the Midrand suddenly decided it was no longer "beneficial" to keep a business around - and that, after having sprinkled the neighborhood with booklets describing a brave bright future for the community, full of joy and white semi-detached houses with little lawns in front of them. There were those other booklets who also described how much those guys cared about the "development of the democratic process in your community", which was so pinky-rosy it made me shed a tear. However the locals soon learned the hard way that there's a bit of a difference between what those booklets were talking about and what those guys were actually intending to do (just like it happened with Bush preaching one thing, namely Freedom(TM), while doing another, namely unFreedom). When a number of locals asked how come their wages are a tiny fraction of what their counterparts elsewhere in the industry are getting, the Big Daddies suddenly changed the tone and told them to STFU, Or Else. When many of them didn't STFU, the Daddies did an "economic assessment of the situation", and "reconsidered their business options" and decided that the "business climate in the province" was not "favorable enough" and moved elsewhere. India I think.

By the way some of those booklets still remain. The locals use them as toilet paper. I even saw one which praised the local representative in our parliament, a guy known for his shadowy past and lavish lifestyle, while he used to preach to his constituents how much he's "a guy from the people, just like you, my dear".

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His humble origins make him a liberator for poor, black South Africans. His fiery mouth make him feared by some and a nightmare for many others, black and white. Whichever way you look at it, Julius Malema has become one of South Africa's most controversial and influential political figures.

In a recent BBC interview, Malema has defended his behaviour after being disciplined by the ANC over a series of outbursts about race, Zimbabwe and President Jacob Zuma.

BBC Link

Julius Malema has now gone from singing "kill the Boer" to "kiss the Boer" but has been reprimanded by the ANC leadership (though only for criticizing Zuma's leadership apparently.) but still seems unrepentant.

It's hard to see where South Africa would go if a man like Julius Malema becomes leader of the country. Mugabe's policies have destroyed Zimbabwe so what an ignorant populist like Malema thinks he'll achieve by admiring such failures is beyond me.

There's that horrible old saying about becoming that which you hate - and Malema seems as bad as the white supremacists that Nelson Mandela struggled to remove from power.
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Watch Apartheid Did Not Die


Apartheid based on race is outlawed now, but the system always went far deeper than that. The cruelty and injustice were underwritten by an economic apartheid, which regarded people as no more than cheap expendable labor. It was backed by great business corporations in South Africa, Britain, the rest of Europe, and the United States. And it was this apartheid based on money and profit to allow a small minority to control most of the land, most of the industrial wealth, and most of the economic power. Today, the same system is called – without a trace of irony – the free market.
John Pilger was banned from South Africa for his reporting during the apartheid era. On his return thirty years later with Alan Lowery, he describes the extraordinary generosity of a liberated people, but asks who are the true beneficiaries of a democracy – the black majority or the white minority? Won the Gold Award in the category of ‘Film & Video Production: Political/International Issues’, Worldfest-Flagstaff, 1998; Certificate for Creative Excellence (third place), U.S. International Film & Video Festival, Elmhurst, Illinois, 1999.
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